June 2019 Newsletter

June Newsletter

Ken Potter Vice President

Ken Potter

Ken is the Vice President of Insurance Services and has been with the agency since 2012.

He’s been instrumental in making many improvements to our organization including streamlining procedures and embracing technological advances that will elevate the customer experience. Ken is very passionate about educating our customers on the importance of having the right insurance to protect their financial future. He’s also great to work for as he understands and embraces work-life balance and always has our best interests at heart.

Ken was a kicker for the UCLA Bruin football team and spends many Saturdays rooting for his alma mater. He also enjoys golfing with his son Andrew or hosting barbecues at home with his wife Veronica and their close-knit group of friends. He’s an avid cyclist, often participating in charity races such as the Tour of Long Beach last month where his team biked 30 miles and raised over $3,300 for pediatric cancer research.

national park with waterfall

Five Fun Northern California Road Trip Destinations

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of freedom of the open road, where the possibilities are seemingly endless. Whether you take off around the corner for a weekend getaway or across the country for an extended vacation, there’s adventure everywhere.

Whatever your pleasure, you may want to consider the incredible beauty of California. It offers many unique attractions and activities with 840 of miles of rugged coastline and countless miles of deserts and mountain ranges to explore.

1. The California Redwoods

If you’re looking for a scenic drive, Highway 101 near the Oregon border can’t be beat, as it winds between groves of redwoods and small towns. Start in Garberville and drive north to the Avenue of Giants. Make your way north from there to Redwoods National Park, where you can search for Hyperion, the world’s tallest tree. It measures a startling 379 feet from top to bottom, but it won’t be easy to find, as its location is a secret. The typical life-span of these trees is between 500 and 700 years – some live to be over 2,000 years old!

2. Napa

Wine production is one of the state’s biggest industries. There are more than 117 varieties of grapes growing in California’s diverse soils. Head north from San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge on Highway 101 or take Highway 116 through Sonoma. Continue to Napa Valley on Highway 121. Napa’s 450 wineries attracted 3.3 million visitors in 2014 alone, a hot spot for wine tasting. If you’re planning a trip to the area, arrange for a designated driver and look into a guided tour. Napa also boasts exquisite dining options like The French Laundry, which was named best in the world in 2003 and 2004 by Restaurant Magazine. Make sure to call and book your reservation two months in advance to guarantee a table.

3. Pacific Coast Highway

The Travel Channel named Pacific Coast Highway one of the most scenic roads in America and the number one road trip destination for Americans in 2013. The route provides road trippers with breathtaking views of California’s coastline. Start your trip in San Simeon and visit Hearst Castle. Continue north and have lunch in Monterey on historical Cannery Row. Walk the Monterey Old Town Historic District and visit the Old Fisherman’s Wharf before stopping by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. If you’re visiting between April and December, keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales while you’re standing on the back deck of the aquarium. Finish the day by heading to one of the local beaches to watch the sunset.

4. Lake Tahoe

California Highway 50 will lead you east from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe, which straddles the border of California and Nevada. Whether you’re golfing or boating, lounging on the lake or on an epic ski trip, you’ll love Lake Tahoe any time of the year. Fish the lake or, if you’re into water sports, try wind surfing or wakeboarding. Snowboarders and skiers will be impressed by the diverse terrain of the local slopes.

5. Yosemite National Park

Drive Highway 120 to Yosemite National Park. Attracting an astounding four million annual visitors, Yosemite is a hiker’s playground with more than 800 miles of established trails. The 214 miles of paved road throughout the park offer some of the best scenic driving in the country. Awe inspiring, towering granite faces characterize Yosemite’s unique landscape. El Capitan (7,569 feet) and Half Dome (8,839 feet) are two of the park’s prominent features. Yosemite Falls is one of the world’s tallest waterfalls, rushing down 2,425 feet. Be alert when driving, as rock slides are fairly common.

Most of us do a little research before packing up our cars. Remember that no matter where you end up, a smooth road trip requires planning to ensure your car is prepared for the journey. Call your friends at Provident Plus Insurance Agency at 800.310.0395 or visit us at www.provident.apolloinsuranceservices.com to make sure you’re properly insured.

girl waving large American flag

Fun Facts about the American Flag

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th every year and we as Americans are encouraged to proudly display our flags on this day. To help get us in spirit of Flag day, here are some facts that you may or may not know.

  1. The flag has been changed 27 times. The final star for Hawaii was added in 1960.
  2. The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
  3. The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
  4. The designer of the American flag was Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a delegate from New Jersey.
  5. Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag.
  6. There are six American flags on the moon. Five are standing, but Neil Armstrong’s fell over.
  7. The flag should not be flown in rain or inclement weather.
  8. When your flag is old or torn, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried.
  9. The colors of the flag have meaning. Red stands for hardiness and valor. White symbolizes purity and innocence. Blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
  10. The American flag should never touch the floor or ground.
  11. When displayed on a wall or window the blue field should be in the upper left corner.
  12. The American flag always flies at the top of a staff above any other flag.

Long may it wave!

Newly married couple

Wedding Season is here!

June is the most popular month for weddings. While every bride dreams of the perfect day, very few think about what could possibly go wrong. And unfortunately sometimes things do go wrong. And that’s where wedding insurance can step in.

What is Wedding Insurance?

Wedding insurance protects a couple’s investment from circumstances beyond their control and reimburses expenses incurred. For example, what if your limo driver doesn’t show up and you have to book another one the morning of the wedding–for three times the price? Or what if the groom’s custom-made tux is lost in airport baggage and he has to buy a new one the day before the wedding? What if your reception space goes out of business a month before the wedding, and you lose your deposit and have to book another space? These are the types of wedding day financial losses that wedding insurance can help protect.

If you want your perfect day to be perfect, you should consider wedding insurance. It provides peace of mind in the event things don’t go as planned. It’s easy to get a free, no-obligation quote. Visit here for a free no-obligation quote.